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Friday, November 18, 2011

// Storytelling by inmates - A lesson learned?

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If your story is right, you can even sell your stuff from behind bars. Inspiring examples from Florida and Estonia.

// Hot sauce made and market by prisoners
A group of inmates in Florida’s Hillsborough County Jail are making their own line of, tadaaa, hot sauce. You can choose between ‘Original’, ‘Smoke’ and ‘No Escape’. These inmates are not only making the sauces all by themselves (it is made from peppers grown there onsite), but they also do their own marketing and communication. That’s why it is not strange that they use slogans like ‘So Lethal’ and ‘A Murder On Taste Buds’. The sauce is only available online and supports Florida’s prisoners programs. How the ‘difference of origin’ of your product can lead to unique storytelling…
more info: www.jailhousefire.org


// Clothing and bags designed by inmates
Heavy Eco is an Estonian brand that produces clothing and accessories, all designed by Eastern European prisoners. Their story has several layers. First of all Heavy Eco claims that they give inmates the opportunity to rehabilitate. Furthermore they claim to make products which last forever (a life time warranty backs up that promise) and that they use only organic material. All designs are based on Russian prison tattoos. The website explains: “In the Russian criminal world, every tattoo tells a lifestory of a criminal. You can tell what the person is in jail for, how many times he’s been convicted and even if he has a gambling or drug addiction just by looking at the tattoos.”

Heavy Eco is not only sold online, like the hot sauce, but is also available in shops throughout Europe. Prisoners get paid for their work and 50% of all profits are donated to Estorian non-profit organizations.
Read the complete ‘story’ here.

A social brand based on storytelling… very unique.


Gepubliceerd door Edwin Valent
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Monday, November 14, 2011

// Slingbox coming to Facebook

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Frequent visitors of this blog know I am a big Slingplayer fan. The only thing Slingplayer is not doing very well is their social integration.
It looks this is finally changing:

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

// My Playlist on 22tracks.com - Week 45

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From Turkish death metal to Dutch punk veterans… I have added five fresh metal and hardcore tracks to my playlist @ 22tracks.com.
Here you find the corresponding release dates:
* Thrown To The Sun - Of Oceans And Raindrops = release date 12 November 2011
* Ligeia - Welcome To Palm City = release date 11 November 2011
* Heideroosjes - Cease-Fire = release date 21 November 2011
* Walking With Strangers - Hardships = release date 16 November 2011
* Rise And Fall - Faith = release date 2012

Gepubliceerd door Edwin Valent
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Friday, November 11, 2011

// A Marketplace For Recycled Digital Music


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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

// Working in NYC again…


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Monday, November 07, 2011

// Jay-Z live @ Madison Square Garden NYC

This night I attended the Watch The Throne tour of Jay-Z and Kayne West in New York City. Goddammit, what a great show.
Some proof:




And last but not least a live blog report

Gepubliceerd door Edwin Valent
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Sunday, November 06, 2011

// My Playlist on 22tracks.com - Week 44

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Five metal pearls added to my playlist @ 22tracks.com.
Here you find the corresponding release dates:
* Backtrack - Darker Half = release date 15 November 2011
* A Plea For Purging - The Life & Death Of A Plea For Purging = release date 8 November 2011
* Fishbone - Crazy Glue = release date 11 October 2011
* Night In Gales - Five Scars = release date 4 November 2011
* Divine Sins - Nature Of Man = release date 4 November 2011

Gepubliceerd door Edwin Valent
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Sunday, October 30, 2011

// My Playlist on 22tracks.com - Week 43

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This week I’ve got a world premiere and tracks from 2012-releases. So, five very fresh metal tracks just added to my playlist @ 22tracks.com.
Here you find the corresponding release dates:
* Rammstein - Mein Land 7” = release date 14 November 2011
* Sick Of It All (/f KRS-One) - Nonstop = release date 1 November 2011
* A Lot Like Birds - Conversation Piece = release date 11 October 2011
* Mortal Sin - Psychology Of Death = release date 18 November 2011
* Aborted - Global Flatline = release date 24 January 2012

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Friday, October 28, 2011

// Facebook more popular than TV during working hours

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More people in the US are using Facebook between 9 AM and 5 PM than that people watch TV.
More information.

Gepubliceerd door Edwin Valent
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Thursday, October 27, 2011

// 22tracks.com - WORLD PREMIERE RAMMSTEIN

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Rammstein will release their new single ‘Mein Land’ on the 14th of November. But you can already hear this track as a World Premiere on my playlist @22tracks.com. CHECK IT.

...and remember where you heard it first!

Gepubliceerd door Edwin Valent
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Monday, October 24, 2011

// Mixed-Tapes.nl hosted by @bruut

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Recently I made a mixtape for mixed-tapes.nl called If It Ain’t @Bruut - It Ain’t Hardcore. The title says it all: this mixtape brings you the best hardcore/metal out there. Old and new tracks combined. In other words: with this tape you have the eleven freshest hardcore songs interspersed with eleven hardcore golden oldies. Check it out.

Gepubliceerd door Edwin Valent
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Sunday, October 23, 2011

// My Playlist on 22tracks.com - Week 42

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Deathcore, deathmetal, some Tool-related music and a fresh hardcore band… In other words, I updated my playlist @ 22tracks.com.
Here you find the corresponding release dates:
* Molotov Solution - Insurrection = release date 25 October 2011
* Lo! - Look And Behold = release date 14 October 2011
* Noctem - Oblivion = release date 25 October 2011
* Carnifex - Until I Feel Nothing = release date 25 October 2011
* Feersum Ennjin - Feersum Ennjin = release date 22 November 2011

Gepubliceerd door Edwin Valent
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Sunday, October 16, 2011

// My Playlist on 22tracks.com - Week 41

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I forced all my ‘music players’ to work overtime this week. This resulted in the best of the best brutal update to my playlist @ 22tracks.com.
Here you find the corresponding release dates:
* Sólstafir - Svartir Sandar = release date 14 October 2011
* Frankenbok - The End Of All You Know = release date 10 October 2011
* Star Fucking Hipsters - From The Dumpster To The Grave = release date 25 October 2011
* Wheelchair Wheelchair Wheelchair Wheelchair - Contraception = release date 31 July 2011
* Vallenfyre - A Fragile King = release date 1 November 2011

Gepubliceerd door Edwin Valent
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Sunday, October 09, 2011

// My Playlist on 22tracks.com - Week 40

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Metal and hardcore - hand in hand. Five new tracks added to my playlist @ 22tracks.com.
Here you find the corresponding release dates:
* Cyco Miko - The Mad Mad Muir Musical Tour = release date 11 October 2011
* Trapped Under Ice - Big Kiss Goodnight = release date 11 October 2011
* Turbowolf - Turbowolf = 11 November 2011
* This Is Hell - Black Mass = release date 11 October 2011
* Graveworm - Fragments Of Death = release date 21 October 2011

Gepubliceerd door Edwin Valent
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Sunday, October 02, 2011

// My Playlist on 22tracks.com - Week 39

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Here we go again: I just added five tracks to my playlist @ 22tracks.com. Check it out.
Here you find the corresponding release dates:
* The Spudmonsters - Stand Up For What You Believe! = release date 1 September 2011
* As They Burn - Aeon’s War = release date 26 September 2011
* Krisiun - The Great Execution = release date 31 October 2011
* Threat Signal - Threat Signal = release date 7 October 2011
* Misfits - The Devil’s Rain = release date 4 October 2011

Gepubliceerd door Edwin Valent
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